Fathom Favorites : Aspen

1. T-Lazy-7 Snowmobile Tours

T-Lazy-7 Snowmobile Tours

Snowmobile tours include a three-hour Klondike lunch tour and the popular two-hour Maroon Bells Tour, which includes hot cocoa by Maroon Lake. Beginners are welcome, and the minimum page for passengers is three. The Maroon Bells Tour includes hot cocoa by Maroon Lake. The season runs from mid-November through March, and they don't operate on Sunday and Monday except on holidays.

3129 Maroon Creek Rd.
Aspen, CO, 81611

2. Aspen Cross Country Ski Center

Aspen Cross Country Ski Center

Open from late November until the end of March at the Aspen Public Golf Course, the Center is a full-service cross country ski and snowshoe facility, with more than 35 miles of free trails along the Aspen Snowmass Nordic Trail System. Services include a lounge, retail shop, instructions, and equipment rental.

39551 Hwy. 82
Aspen, CO, 81611

3. Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (A.C.E.S.)

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (A.C.E.S.)

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is at the forefront of ecological education and restoration. Their team of Naturalists guide visitors around Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, and Maroon Bells – by snowshoe in the winter and on hikes in the summer. 

100 Puppy Smith St.
Aspen, CO, 81611

4. Aspen Institute at Aspen Meadows

Aspen Institute at Aspen Meadows

What the outdoors does to the body, the Institute does to the brain. Something is always happening: lectures, readings, fireside chats, as well as the Aspen Ideas Festival in the summer. The art-filled grounds are beautiful, and you can stay on-site at Aspen Meadows Resort.

1000 n. third st.
Aspen, CO, 81611

5. Aspen Art Museum

Aspen Art Museum

The museum houses a contemporary art collection notable for its constantly rotating exhibitions, community programs, and events, housed in an impressive building designed by Shigeru Ban.

637 E. Hyman Ave
Aspen, CO, 81611

6. The Chef's Club by Food & Wine

The Chef's Club by Food & Wine

The restaurant at St. Regis Hotel rotates on a regular basis, featuring menus created by different chefs selected by Food and Wine magazinefor their Best New Chefs program.

The St. Regis Aspen Resort, 315 E. Dean St.
Aspen, CO, 81611

7. Prospect


Chef Rob Zack turns out elegant variations on Western fare: Colorado lamb shank with sweet potato puree, pork loin with dried figs and gnocchi, clam chowder with pancetta and fregola. The dining room is airy and refined, with comfy dark leather chairs and charming prints of chickens on the walls.

Hotel Jerome, 330 E. Main St.
Aspen, CO, 81611

8. Matsuhisa


The local outpost from famed sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa serves the best sushi in town in an elegant, cozy, all-wood dining room. Don't come without reservations because it's a favorite.

303 E. Main St.
Aspen, CO, 81611

9. Pine Creek Cookhouse

Pine Creek Cookhouse

The ultimate gourmet experience for nature lovers. The cozy, log cabin restaurant specializes in game and smoked trout, but the location is exceptional and makes for a great day-long excursion. Pine creek is nestled in the mountains 11 miles outside Aspen and is only accessible via cross-country ski, snowshoe, or horse-drawn sleigh. (Cars are okay in summer, but that makes the journey a lot less fun.) 

11399 Castle Creek Rd.
Ashcroft, CO, 81612

10. L'Hostaria


A local favorite for its lively ambiance, homemade pastas, friendly bartenders. Owner Tiziano Gortan’s native region of Italy, Friuli, is a major theme, from the culinary specialities to beautiful photos on the walls. As are the bicycles (note wine bottles where water bottles should be), a nod to the staff’s cycling obsession. 

620 E. Hyman Ave.
Aspen, CO, 81611

11. Element 47

Element 47

The Little Nell’s grand in-house restaurant is named in honor of Aspen’s mining roots (Silver is #47 on the periodic table), but executive chef Matt Zubrod and chef de cuisine Matt Padilla's dishes look more like lush and gorgeous jewelscapes. The menu is divided into small, medium, and large dishes and features Wagyu beef from nearby Emma Farms. Don’t forget the wine: it is consistently rated one of the world’s best.


The Little Nell, 675 E. Durant Ave.
Aspen, CO, 81611

12. Crêperie du Village

Crêperie du Village

Fondue, raclette, crepes – are you in the Rockies or in the Alps? The French-style bistro has charming Euro touches like dark woods, candlelight, and low ceilings.

400 E. Hopkins Ave.
Aspen, CO, 81611

13. Cache Cache

Cache Cache

High-end, delicious French food – and a great steak. The bar, which attracts quite a scene, features a striking glass wall onto the wine room bathed in blue light. The dining room is more formal, with brown leather banquettes, bronze beaded pendant lamps, and old black-and-white photos of the French countryside.

205 S. Mill St.
Aspen, CO, 81611

14. Ajax Tavern

Ajax Tavern

When you’re worn out from a day on the slopes, you can ski right onto the sunny patio for a pick-me-up and great people-watching. The menu features bistro fare like fondue, truffle fries, onion soup, beef bourguignon, and an epic burger. 

685 E. Durant Ave.
Aspen, CO, 81611

15. The Westin Snowmass Resort

The Westin Snowmass Resort

A big and family-friendly hotel in the heart of Snowmass Village, with easy mountain access and a lively restaurant and bar scene. The hotel's focus is on healthy living, and the resort offers amenities like workout clothes and shoes (available on demand) and a special SuperFoods menu.

100 Elbert Ln.
Snowmass Village, CO, 81615

16. Viceroy Snowmass

Viceroy Snowmass

With its slopeside location, state-of-the-art spa (we suggest the 60-minute Path to Tranquility massage), and varied dining options, it makes for a relaxing getaway — particularly with kids in tow. The lower level ski shop makes rentals, lift tickets, and ski instructor meet-ups (all pre-arranged through a concierge) a breeze. All 173 spacious rooms are furnished in dark woods, with pullout sofas, lovely throws, gourmet kitchenettes, and, best of all, washer-dryers.


130 Wood Rd.
Snowmass, CO, 81615

17. The St. Regis Aspen Resort

The St. Regis Aspen Resort

The swankest hotel in town, at the base of Aspen mountain, with an especially lovely lobby worth visiting whether or not you're staying. A recent $40 million renovation was inspired by original owner John Jacob Astor and the Gilded Age, as evidenced in homey, in-room touches like fur throws, leather deskside storage satchels, and framed dog portraits. Remède Spa offers opulent pampering in a spacious facility and The Chef’s Club by Food & Wine features seasonal menus from a visiting chefs from the magazine’s Best New Chefs. 

315 E. Dean St.
Aspen, CO, 81611

18. Mountain Chalet

Low budget and adorable in an alpine way, with a terrific location in front of the St. Regis. The Chalet is old-shool Aspen, and it’s the opposite of fancy. But if location and price are priorities and in-room amenities are not, this is the place to stay.

333 E. Durant Ave.
Aspen, CO, 81611

19. The Little Nell

The Little Nell

The best address in town at the foot of the Aspen Gondola, which makes for immediate ski-in, ski-out (or hike-in, hike-out) mountain access. The vibe is comfortable and rich, but never fussy, and the rooms recently underwent an extensive refurbishment. The Little Nell is known for exceptional service, from the attentive ski concierges to the sommeliers at Element 47. Don’t miss the apres-ski scene at their other excellent restaurant, Ajax Tavern, which always draws a great crowd.


675 E. Durant Ave.
Aspen, CO, 81611

20. The Limelight Hotel

The Limelight Hotel

Bright and fun, the sister hotel to The Little Nell has a younger, more laid-back vibe and is known for its green initiatives and pet-friendliness. The lounge is social and often hosts live music. Upstairs, the rooms are spacious, with simple and modern design. Many mountain views, kitchenettes, and working fireplaces. 

355 S. Monarch St.
Aspen, CO, 81611

21. Hotel Jerome

Hotel Jerome

A recent top-to-bottom renovation has restored Aspen’s historic hotel back to glory. Charming details throughout recall the Old West – old mining helmets in the lounge, original mailbox bins behind the front desk, leather belts lining the elevators, and in-room refrigerators hidden inside leather “safes.” As at all Auberge Resorts hotels, the restaurants are top-notch and here include casual J-Bar and the more formal Prospect.

330 E. Main St.
Aspen, CO, 81611

22. Galerie Maximillian

Galerie Maximillian

Yes, that’s a stack of original Picasso, Miro, and Chagall prints you’re rifling through. The collection at Aspen’s best gallery rivals that of any major museum, with such notables as Andy Warhol, Vik Muniz, Damien Hirst, and Toshitomo Nara. Exhibitions rotate continually and a mere fraction of their pieces are on display. Ask to see more and don't worry if you're not buying: They’re more than happy to share.

602 E. Cooper Ave.
Aspen, CO, 81611

23. Pitkin Country Dry Goods

Pitkin Country Dry Goods

Opened in 1969, they’ve been stocking the best contemporary men’s and women’s fashions ever since – Vince, Current/Elliott, Joie, Rag & Bone – in an understated setting that’s refreshing in a town full of dramatic shops. Shoes and accessories are on offer as well as the obligatory outdoor gear. Their sales are legendary among locals. 

520 E. Cooper Ave.
Aspen, CO, 81611

24. Max Clothing Store

A minimalist boutique with a great women’s collection: Missoni, Isabel Marant, Erdem, Celine, Rick Owens, and Belstaff. They also sell jewelry, including Denver designer Rask Fine Jewelry. Owner Max Martinez has two other shops in Denver and Boulder and is known for getting pieces the big stores can’t.

609 E. Cooper Ave.
Aspen, CO, 81611

25. Gorsuch


Known for its catalog as well as its outposts around town, it’s easily Aspen’s most elegant shop for ski and aprés-ski fashions, furnished with chandeliers, wood paneling, and antique cherry chests. The men’s style is country gentleman: tweed and velvet blazers, fur-lined vests, leather camp furniture. In the women’s department, Tyrolean, haute-Heidi styles by Salzburg’s Susanne Spatt sit alongside antique housewares and silver. 

611 E. Durant Ave.
Aspen, CO, 81611

26. Explore Booksellers

Explore Booksellers

A classic, small town bookshop located in an old house with a gabled roof, wood paneling, and a staircase that leads to an atrium filled with art books. Explore hosts an impressive series of author readings and book signings. Pyramid Bistro upstairs is a local favorite for healthy meals.


221 E. Main St.
Aspen, CO, 81611